Today the list of first-time eligible Pro Football HOF nominees was officially announced. Everybody who retired after the 2011 season is now eligible. That alone blows my mind. How enough time has already passed since them that guys like LT and Ocho Cinco are already HOF eligible? It's a basic ass take but seriously wtf can time please slow down? 2011 I was a sophomore in college and it feels like 5 months ago not 5 years but I digress.
ESPN being the idiots that they tweeted out this picture about how "stacked" the ballot is for this year. However, I have some some issues with it. Now I understand that basically every player who stopped playing then is technically HOF eligible but yo for real, Bob Sanders? Side note; it's funny this list is guys the Patriots dominated yet the Patriots will be lucky to get 5 HOF players inducted from the Belichick era. Secondly, whoever made this tweet needs to get fired ASAP as possible. I shouldn't be getting this fired up because everybody knows the NFL Hall of Fame is a joke but I can't help it this is so stupid.
How on God's green earth is Bob Sanders on there being compared to guys like Brain Dawkins?
For those of you who may have forgotten, Bob Sanders was a safety on the Colts in the mid-2000's. Great talent, even won a defensive player of the year award but you know what else Bob Sanders did in his career?
Not play. Just look at his career stats.
Bob Sanders played FIFTY games in his career that spanned from 2004-2011. 50!! Of the 128 potential games from 04-11 he played in less than 40% of them. His stats aren't even that good either. I understand INTs aren't everything for a strong safety but Sanders has 6 career INT 6!!!!! Even Kyle Arrington who is ass cheeks had 7 in one season. Sanders being mentioned in the same breathe as guys like Jason Taylor, LT, Brian Dawkins is lunacy.
Ok, it's no secret I hated those Colts teams but I'm also a rational person and can admit they were very good. There are guys on those teams who will make the HOF that probably shouldn't just because it's the Colts and people liked them, but come on. Bob Sanders had a nice 2 seasons, even then he didn't play all 16 games. The fact that he is being highlighted as an newly eligible HOF nominee is sad. If Bob Sanders did what it takes to make the HOF then cancel the HOF. 50 games is barely 3 seasons worth of games. Look it sucks you battled injuries your entire career Bobby, but you are nowhere close to a HOF caliber player. He's another guy you can add to the great "what ifs" in sports. If Bob Sanders is a HOFer then so is Bo Jackson.
The fact that ESPN did this is a joke. Unless they did it just to stir the pot which is entirely possible, in that case good job ESPN. If Bob Sanders gets any votes, whoever voted for him should have their privilege to vote stripped immediately.
P.S. Joey Porter being in this list a joke too